The Day the Diabetes Sirens Cried Wolf

The Day the Diabetes Sirens Cried Wolf, a look at our Desensitization to Prediabetes

Growing Desensitization to Prediabetes When I think of desensitization, I think of allergies. I picture a child who is administered a gradually increasing dose of a substance he is allergic to, much in the same way allergy shots are given. Slowly, the child’s body learns to become less reactive to the exposure. He grows less […]

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Collaborating Over Lipstick

Collaborating over lipstick, a story on the patient-physician collaboration

I was asked to give a talk recently, in front of a large crowd of female entrepreneurs. The topic was ‘collaboration’. When I sat down to put my thoughts in order, I asked myself how collaboration fits into my day-to-day affairs, and the first thing that popped into my head was the one you’d probably […]

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‘Ask the Expert’ – A Neurosurgeon Answers Readers’ Questions

This month’s ‘Ask the Expert’ segment features Nader Pouratian, MD, a neurosurgeon whose biography is listed below. 1. Are there new therapies for glioblastomas? Glioblastoma is one of the most challenging diagnoses that we treat as neurosurgeons. The mainstay of initial treatment is surgical resection followed by temozolomide and radiation. Approved second line therapies include […]

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Letting the REAL Doctor Stick It In

The following is a story with a moral at its end.. and a laugh or two in between. The setting.. an inpatient unit in the Bronx, circa 2005.  I was a resident (and hence likely disheveled, or groggy, or exhibiting some other form of outward display of exhaustion) of the internal medicine program at Albert Einstein University […]

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Malpractice Makes Perfect: Questions Answered

Court- a decision not to go to court after a medical malpratice case

I was asked for an update on my story Malpractice Makes Perfect, where I went into some of the details surrounding my run-in with malpractice, being on the receiving end of a medical error. I shared my story, also published on the syndicated website KevinMD.com on March 31, 2017, for several reasons. One- I wanted to humanize […]

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Malpractice Makes Perfect

beautiful pregnancy photo, bringing up the story of how I experienced malpractice, not only as a patient, but also myself as a physician, and what it was I needed.

I’m not here to tattle. No siree, Bob. I’ll save that for my kids. But what I am here to do is spell out a story in which I ended up down in the dumps. What Happened, Dr. Corriel? A medical mistake happened. To me. On me. I’ll never forget it. I can’t because I carry […]

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Doctor. Patient. Whose Side Are You On?

Patient Perspective. A patient walks in for his appointment, excited to have finally made it to the doctor. Pushing himself to be seen (after incessant nagging from a parent or a spouse), he finally makes the appointment, and several weeks in advance, to boot. He’s finally here. He’s made it despite all of the excuses in the book. It’s […]

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So Much More Than Meets The Eye

black and white image of Holocaust train tracks

An Exchange to Remember I had a powerful exchange with a patient at the clinic, who came in to be cleared for surgery. He was going in for a procedure, getting his graft replaced for hemodialysis, and needed an internist to give the ‘ok’. The visit may have begun as routine, but ended as anything […]

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